Harvard Law School faculty's work is redefining international scholarship. New issues and questions arise every day: What are the different models world-wide for constitutional review, corporate governance, or local government? How do they compare, and how are they linked to the core values of the societies from which they emerge? Where does the Internet exist in legal time and space? What do treaties on international adoption have to do with child advocacy at home? How do we reconcile conflicting views on the regulation of the marketplace? The list goes on and on.
International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School does not just refer to a particular type of course. Rather it encompasses an awareness of and engagement with the world that HLS professors embody: in their research, their teaching, their backgrounds, their field work, their public service, and their collaborations with scholars around the world.
As well, each year several professors from other legal systems teach at HLS, and HLS faculty members teach or research in countries around the world, often involving Harvard law students. As affiliated faculty, distinguished scholars from other Harvard schools and programs also join us throughout the year.
The following are examples of recent and current faculty efforts:
- Professors Gabriella Blum and Philip Heymann published Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism (MIT Press.)
- Through the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Professors William Alford and Michael Stein are playing an active role in China, Bangladesh, South Africa and other nations, working with governments, academics, and civil society on issues related to disability and the law.
- Professor Lucie White and HLS doctoral student and Columbia Law School Lecturer Jeremy Perelman co-edited Stones of Hope: How African Activists Reclaim Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty (Stanford University Press.)
- Professor Noah Feldman published Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (Princeton University Press.)
- Professor Mark Wu is conducting an examination of the growing use of anti-dumping measures by China and India and its implications for the United States and European Union policy toward reform of World Trade Organization anti-dumping rules.
- Professor Jack Landman Goldsmith and Duke Law School Professor Curtis Bradley completed the 3rd edition of Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials (Aspen Publishers.)
- Professor David Kennedy is directing Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy, a program established to nurture innovative approaches to global policy and provide a platform for new thinking about international legal and institutional arrangements, with particular emphasis on the global South.
- Professor Hal Scott was named co-chair of the Council on Global Financial Regulation and completed the 17th edition of the casebook International Finance: Transactions, Policy and Regulation (Foundation Press.)
- Lecturer Stephanie Brewer co-authored "Reevaluating Regional Human Rights Litigation in the Twenty-First Century: the Case of the Inter-American Court" for the American Journal of International Law.
- Professor Howell Jackson is heading an American Law Institute project on regulatory coordination and cooperation in international finance.
- Professor Elizabeth Bartholet published "International Adoption: The Human Rights Position" in Global Policy and testified on international adoption policies before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
- Professor Deborah Anker is completing the 4th edition of the refugee law treatise The Law of Asylum (West.)
- Professor David Wilkins is engaged in a project to consider how legal professions are evolving in countries such as China, India, and Brazil, and the effect of these changes on the economy and the rule of law in those countries, as well as the market for legal services generally, including in the United States.
- Professor J. Mark Ramseyer is conducting an empirical study of the determinants of career success among Japanese judges.
- Professor Reinier Kraakman completed the 2nd edition of The Anatomy of Corporate Law (Oxford) which looks at six jurisdictions: United States, United Kingdom, Japan, France, Germany, and Italy.
- Professor Robert Bordone developed and delivered a peace-building and conflict resolution program for young adults who lost family members as a result of violent conflict in Northern Ireland, the Basque region of Spain, Israel / Palestine, and the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
- Professor Mark Roe has focused on how political configurations, in developed and developing nations, can propel or impede financial development.
- Professor Yochai Benkler was the principal author of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society report for the Federal Communications Commission on international experiences with next generation connectivity.
- Professor Frank Michelman has continued his involvement with constitutional discussions in South Africa.
- Professor Robert Mnookin published Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight (Simon & Schuster.)
- Professor I. Glenn Cohen published several articles on the growth of “medical tourism” – travel of patients who are residents of one country to another country for medical treatment.
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